Paul Petrino out, McGee named new OC

by cotte on December 14, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has announced Garrick McGee as offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks. With the announcement, McGee becomes the first African-American offensive or defensive coordinator in school history.

“Garrick McGee is one of the top young college football coaches in the country,” said Petrino. “He came to Arkansas after a successful tenure as the offensive coordinator at Northwestern. His accomplishments as an assistant coach, including as an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten, demonstrates his ability and his outstanding leadership. I want to thank my brother, Paul, for his hard work and dedication to the Razorbacks the past two years. He feels like this move will help him achieve his professional goals. I have always supported my brother, and will continue to do so. I wish him the best of luck. Our search to fill the vacant position on our staff begins immediately.”

McGee has served the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach for the Razorbacks where he has been instrumental in the development of Ryan Mallett. Under McGee’s guidance, Mallett led the SEC in passing, pass efficiency, touchdown passes and total offense in 2009 along with setting or matching 16 different school records. In addition, UA quarterbacks have combined to pass for a school record 3,640 yards in 2009.

“I am grateful to Coach Bobby Petrino for giving me the opportunity to serve as the offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas,” said McGee. “In our two seasons at Arkansas, we have begun to lay the foundation for an offensive approach that has resulted in success in the Southeastern Conference and nationally. I look forward to working with our staff to continue to build towards our collective goals.”

In his first year, Arkansas established a then-school record with 3,115 passing yards and ranked second in the SEC in passing offense (258.5).

McGee spent the previous four seasons (2004-07) at Northwestern University where he was the receivers and punt return coach his first two years, and the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2006 and ’07.

Directing the Wildcats’ spread offense, McGee’s 2007 unit led the Big Ten and was No. 11 in the nation in passing with 307.9 yards per game, and led the Big Ten and was No. 31 in the country in total offense with (427.7). [read more]

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